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Berkeley College Graduate's Fashion Career Excels Beyond the Runway
Jeannie Ferguson has more than 10 years of experience as a model, having worked with agencies like MSA Models, TRUE Model Management and Bicoastal MGMT. However, Berkeley College’s courses and counseling gave Ms. Ferguson an introduction into the fashion industry, an experience she credits with helping her launch a career that has gone beyond the runway.
A resident of Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Ferguson earned an A.A.S. in Fashion Marketing and Management from Berkeley College in 1995. While her love of fashion inspired her to enroll at Berkeley College, Ms. Ferguson left Berkeley College with a better understanding of the financial aspects that go into a successful fashion career. “My retail and accounting courses definitely helped prepare me for the future,” she said. Her time at Berkeley College also led to internships at retail chains like Footlocker and Today’s Man.
Ms. Ferguson is currently a sales manager at PPI Apparel in New York, selling private label and licensed undergarments to companies. While balancing that role and her modeling career, she has also been teaching runway classes for women in the plus-size modeling industry for the past six years. Titled “Walk This Way,” the annual class teaches models the do’s and don’ts both on and off the runway, as well as help build their self-esteem and confidence. In addition to her public speaking efforts, Ms. Ferguson also hopes to support the plus-size community through BGU Concepts, a plus-size clothing line and online company she started with her sister, Tasha Monique Hill, in 2002.